Joost goes to court over kids

2011-06-19 09:13

Pretoria – Joost van der Westhuizen intends getting an urgent application to force his wife, Amor Vittone, to let him see his children more regularly.

His lawyer, Robert Klinkenberg said Joost wanted more time with his children as the “current agreement between the couple wasn't working”.

There was still no clarity about Van der Westhuizen’s health. He was diagnosed with motor neuron disease a month ago. Van der Westhuizen was to have received the report of a second doctor on Wednesday.

His spokesperson, Bridget van Oerle, said confirmation of his condition would be received next week.

He was currently seeing his children, Kylie, 5, and Jordan, 7, once every two weeks.

“The children are with him on Father’s Day, but it’s not enough. And he always struggles to see his children,” said Klinkenberg.

Vittone’s lawyer, Claudio Bollo, said she would still allow him to see his children although he hadn’t informed her of his illness. He also said she wouldn’t conduct their divorce in the media and would at all times act in her children’s interests.

  • Brieuse - 2011-06-19 09:20

    I feel once every two weeks is a violation of a father's rights.

      USSA - 2011-06-19 09:25

      I agree. He is not an child abuser.

      Rolie - 2011-06-19 10:42

      Joost & Amor, why don't you agree to be civil to each other for your children's sake? All this bitching and bickering will leave them scarred for life. Trust me on this.

      onetickie - 2011-06-19 17:11

      @Rolie: direct that comment at Amor. She has time on her side, Joost does not. Yes it is not good for the children but if she had any sense of compassion at all she would allow him joint access so he can spend whatever time he has left with his children. If she does not, those children will grow up, read up on BOTH OF THEM and she could end up being the loser.

      wsm - 2011-06-19 20:36

      Joost has made a mess of his life and continues to do so... I'm sympathetic concerning his illness, but he has brought the rest on himself..

      whatashame - 2011-06-19 23:59

      @brieuse . Dead right. I'm no fan of Joost but I feel for these fathers that have to beg to see their children and then still pay (maintenance) for the privelidge of losing out on the kids daily lives. Unfortunately it's always in the mothers hands. She probably has met up with someone else and wants the new man to be dad to the kids.

      ConcernedMom - 2011-06-20 08:01

      Was this not the man who was recorded taking drugs???? Fine father indeed?

      Tracer - 2011-06-20 08:51

      snorting coke of a whore's ass is a gross violation of his kids rights.....

      Tracer - 2011-06-20 08:53

      @whatashame ... or perhaps Amor thinks that someone who does illegal Grade A drugs whilst banging whores is not a suitable father?

      Hads - 2011-06-20 09:09

      concernedmom, there are thousands of farther who take drugs. I totally disagree with that, but it does not make them bad people

      Janice - 2011-06-20 10:04


      alicia - 2011-06-20 10:04

      As I have said before, you have to put your differences aside, Joost's Ilness, Amore's money issues...everything. For Heavens sake please FOR YOUR CHILDREN AND THEIR FUTURE. Both of you have made your bed and have to lay in it. Your children did not ask to be born. Get help, if you feel you are not fit parents, because you surely do not act like you are.

  • Gravy Train - 2011-06-19 09:22

    Some dark days my friend. Just keep your eye on the ball. Things will get better

  • USSA - 2011-06-19 09:28

    Children First! BOTH OF YOU celebs must not forget this!!! Leave the fame aside for once and concentrate on them. Amour....Joost is not a pedophile. Grow up. And Joost. You are the very reason for this divorce, but lured him into this marriage, so you should take some responsibility as well.

      Theo - 2011-06-19 09:48

      Yes Children always first .. Keep it private and out of the media - thats the only way to protect the kids. He played rugby - so what !

      Mike - 2011-06-20 10:23

      She lured him into this marriage? Come again?? - He was cheating on his first wife and divorced her to be at the side of the model/TV personality. He is the one who wanted the limelight - she already was in it - sorry Joost - . . . jy't 'n blouetjie geloop!

  • Protest - 2011-06-19 09:30

    Reminds me of the soap opera Dallas.

      Warren - 2011-06-19 09:49

      It is a sad day for your children if you have to get the court's help to get (more) access to your kids, or to force you to look after your kids. My wife & her ex-husband never had any court order regarding maintenance or custody in the 10 years that it mattered. It's called sitting at a table & discussing the matter like ADULTS (no matter how much you dislike each other) & to NEVER EVER use your children as weapons! After all, who is suffering the most here???

      Chloe - 2011-06-19 17:59

      I agree. So it's a case of If she has a boyfriend the boyfriend gets to see them all of the time, while the biological and Loving father has to get a court order. What a scr00wed up world!

      Uno_Beche - 2011-06-20 09:31

      Also reminds me of Debbie does Dallas. In this case its Amor does Joburg and Joost does the crack whores

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-06-20 09:39

      More like the soap opera Ballas.

      Mike - 2011-06-20 10:31

      I am a divorced Dad - and guess what - I only get the see our children (they are NOT kids!) every second week-end from 6pm on a Friday to 6pm on a Sunday (and all hell breaks loose if I get them back late - even 15 minutes!), every second school holiday and alternative Easter and Xmas and New Year - SO - tell me, what is new to the rights of the father?- these guidelines are the norm I agree - it is NOT fair - but you cannot fight city hall. Some wierdo's got together and decided taht this would be how things should be handled So Joost feels agrieved - shame - poor daddy - just get used to it - this is the norm for us sinners - after all - we are the baddies - even if Mommy crept into bed with Daddy's best friend! BUT - I have kept all the divorce paper (the slinging match between our 2 lawyers) so that the children will know one day (when they turn 21) who the bad egg is!! In the meantime - I bide my time!

      SA25 - 2011-06-20 12:16

      @Mike: Im also from a divorsed home, I admire you for wanting to see your children more, my dad however was the baddie, had exactly the same time with us, every second holiday and one weekend a month, its terrible having to wait (the three of us, my brother and sister & I) our little bags packed and he never came!

  • Theo - 2011-06-19 09:44

    Who cares ... We are sooo tired of reading and listening to this sad mans problems. Dont you get it Joost, keep your issues to yourself - the SA public and your family dont want to read about it.

      kwasimojo - 2011-06-19 10:14

      motsokwane - I think Amore is actually Italian or something. Seems like your clan has some curse if it comes to facts........and spelling??

      FerretGee - 2011-06-19 10:21

      @motsokwane: I see any number of black kids fathered by errant males who impregnate and leave the mother to fend for herself, I would be careful in casting the first stone.

      Foreigner - 2011-06-19 12:40

      @motsokwane. Hey AYOBA shut up!

  • SistaEnglish - 2011-06-19 09:55

    Unless Joost is a proven child abuser Amor has not right to stop Joost seeing his children. Why is she always looking for attention? She seems a very spiteful woman.

  • - 2011-06-19 09:59

    Why is this news?

      Theo - 2011-06-19 10:10

      Yes, can someone explain - why is this new?

      Wendy - 2011-06-20 07:46

      You reading it :-)

      Vaal Donkie - 2011-06-20 09:40

      Because one can only read so much about Julius Madikizele-Malema.

  • Theo - 2011-06-19 10:05

    To: Motsokwane : Go to the top of this page and see the video :Xenophobic mob murder in diepkloof - now that is barbaric my friend. We dont deny Joost his rights to see his children, we simply say keep your family afairs to yourself and out of the media.

      lollie sue - 2011-06-20 09:18

      nice one theo

  • FerretGee - 2011-06-19 10:06

    He should be granted "reasonable access: ie: don't arrive at 7 pm on a school night expecting kids, don't just turn up expecting them to go with him. Reasonable access allows him to see his kids daily if he wants, maybe fetch them from school, or have them over for supper and homework during the week etc. Kids seeing allowed to see a parent only every 14 days is unforgivable and using kids as pawns in a divorce should be a criminal offence.

      Axiom - 2011-06-19 18:08

      But see - there is the problem, he does not want to do the real "father" duties, such as homework, extra-murals, OT, who will publicise THAT? Do the math guys, every two weeks mean al-ter-na-ting. Were he to get another weekend's access, Amor would get none.

      KanaMay - 2011-06-20 00:33

      Surely the kids can stay with Dad for the whole winter holiday ... That will give him the enjoyment PLUS Responsibility of caring for the kids all the time, including some homework & special projects before they go back to school.

  • kwasimojo - 2011-06-19 10:10

    Is daar iewers 'n setting waar mens hierdie gemors nuus kan block????

      Regurk - 2011-06-19 10:45

      Sooooo easy - don't read it. What don't you understand? Too much klippes & coke last night?

      Mike - 2011-06-20 10:39

      Why the f@ck do you read it then?? - Go play in the traffic! What do you drols who complain about the items posted on News24 consider News? If the heading puts you off, then don't open the posting - idiot!

  • Peter - 2011-06-19 10:12

    Irrespect I've of what Joost or Amor want the children havethe right to see both parents whenever they want. If the parents do not agree then they should not be allowed acces to the children as they are not capable of being parents

  • MadMatt_88 - 2011-06-19 10:16

    At least they are not doing this through the media lol

  • Mike - 2011-06-19 10:18

    Joost you Doos, you and Amour stop using your kids as a pawn in your screwed up lives.

      Mike - 2011-06-20 10:56

      Her name is Amor - and don't label her just because he is the bad apple!

      liesl - 2011-06-20 11:33

      @Mike - neither of them are really model citizens. Weren't they having an affair while he was married to his first wife?

      Mike - 2011-06-20 13:12

      @liesl - I hear what you saying and agree - I say - who did the hunting?

  • Carolyn - 2011-06-19 10:41


      Regurk - 2011-06-19 10:47

      Don't shout please - it's considered rude

      lilo69 - 2011-06-19 11:02

      SHOUTING!!! OR DID YOU HAVE TOO MUCH KLIPPIES AND COLA @regurk. Ruk jouself reg, man!!!

      Axiom - 2011-06-19 18:26

      Yes - such an upstanding guy, honest, sober,never a lie over his lips, and the marvellous company he keeps, I would never hesitate to leave my children with him. By the way, they spent December with him at Sun City (remember when he started slurring), so clearly the truth seems to be eclipsed by his ego.

  • Grant Pieterse - 2011-06-19 11:04

    This woman is bad news.

      Mike - 2011-06-20 10:42

      Explain: "This woman is bad news" and Why! And then explain why he is good news - and why!

  • Reg - 2011-06-19 11:07

    What do the children want? Did anyone bother consulting them when the agreement was made? Has anyone asked them what they want to do now? They understand more than you think and are quite capable of making these decisions themselves. As a divorced father who has been down this road, I can tell you that keeping the kids in the decision-making process is all-important. They don't feel so helpless and out-of-control.

      Mike - 2011-06-20 10:46

      Why 3 "dislike"? I am a father and I too have to suck hind tit - I was NOT the bad apple in the relationship - she slept with my friend and I caught them at it - BUT because the "law" suggest/recommends that the father is the bad apple he ony gets to see his children every second week-end, every alternative school holidy and every alternative Xmas/Easter/New Year - Is this fair? - of course it is - the lawmakers say so! Plonkers.

      liesl - 2011-06-20 11:36

      The thing is, though, that if you get them every weekend when does the mom get weekend time to do fun things with them? Can't you arrange half the week on those weeks you don't get the weekend? Something like that? I'm not divorced, I'm widowed, but most of my divorced friends have a similar arrangement. My one friend gets the kids from the Wednesday to the Friday one week, and then the weekend of the next - he's a great dad, and by all accounts although he despises his ex-wife she's not a bad mom either. I always thought that seemed a more equitable arrangement, as he gets to assist with homework and projects and the hard work of raising kids, too.

  • SueAirth - 2011-06-19 11:29

    Amor only has herself to blame, she broke up Joost's first marriage and now the same has happened to her and she is sooo suprised and sooo upset. Did she think that Joost would change because of her? His type NEVER change and nothing anyone does will change that fact.The more celeb guys are, the more they play around - they think they are entitled to do so.

      Mishka - 2011-06-20 06:36

      How on earth did she break up his first marriage? Did she go around there and tell him, while he kicked and screamed against it, that she wanted him and he belonged to her and that he had nothing to say? Riiiiiiiiight. He was just as guilty in that scenario, and they have reaped I think. Any woman who has an affair with a married man then marries him when he's divorced should not be surprised if the same happens to her. Why would she be that special that he won't cheat on her? I get the rest of your posst SueAirth, but to solely blame this useless woman for the breakup of his first marriage isn't fair. As for the children, why on earth put this 'out there' for the world to see? More and more attention wanted by the both of them. Sickening couple and the media should really read some of the comments here and just steer clear of these two despots.

  • Vennas - 2011-06-19 12:23

    To little to late you deserve everything coming your way ... NS you want even a good rugby player

      MasendeAkho - 2011-06-20 09:03

      PS, you cant spell properly. You must be a Stormers fan. Joost was a brilliant player

  • Vennas - 2011-06-19 12:24

    To little to late you deserve everything coming your way ... NS you want even a good rugby player

  • thobsion.ANC - 2011-06-19 12:52

    What kind of mother is that? depriving kids access to their father?

      OZNOB - 2011-06-19 16:58

      unfortunately there is what there should be and then there is what there really is . people are inherently highly illogical especially when emotions are drawn into it as in a divorce

      Mike - 2011-06-20 10:52

      "What kind of mother is that? you aks - The 2 parties got divorced through lawyers who drew up a contarct to which both parties agreed. So stop talking through your effing nose. The norm is for the father to see his children every second week-end - even if the mother caused the downfall of the marriage in the first place! Go reckon!

      Mike - 2011-06-20 10:54

      And you know what - this is Roman Dutch law - we are not talking your kind of tribalism here - it is what the law has stated/decided - and both parties agreeed to it! Get the mesage?

  • IQ - 2011-06-19 12:52

    The Security Guard vs the Common Wannabe. This is going to be one hell of a dirty fight. May God bless their two children!

  • oschiff - 2011-06-19 15:59

    How can the following statement be true when a newspaper pubished a picture of Vitone leavend the hospital after visiting Joost.

  • onetickie - 2011-06-19 17:08

    My sympathies are with Joost. He made mistakes - those who have not cast the first stone, but just from media reports I think Amor is not that squeaky clean. She probably married him for his looks, his fame and his money. Keeping him from his children is criminal whether he is sick or not. The wheel will turn on her just as it sadly has for Joost.

  • wsm - 2011-06-19 20:35

    Joost has made a mess of his life and continues to do so... I'm sympathetic concerning his illness, but he has brought the rest on himself..

  • Sandy001 - 2011-06-19 21:25

    I really think Amor is going abit too far, after all Joost is the father of his children. I recall in the begining stages of when they first wanted to end this marriage, I quote she was adament to have said, she will always allow the children to be with there father, wake up Amor..You are acting in a strange way. Just remember he isnt the only male to have done what he did...

  • NZdreamer - 2011-06-20 00:50

    Oh boy, are there not more pressing matters in this troubled world of ours!!?? Sort out your sh*t! Tit for tat mentality ...etc...bloody childish! Vittone and Joost - GROW UP!!

  • Natascha Vogelaar - 2011-06-20 06:35

    There's always 2 sides to every story - her side, his side and the truth and while it's my opinion that Amor lured Joost away from his 1st wife who was much better suited to him, the fact is that 2 innocent children are now involved too - best you two grow up very quickly, get over your own ego's and start being the parents those kids deserve not the headline hunting celebs you're being now!

  • Podgette - 2011-06-20 06:48

    "Vittone’s lawyer, Claudio Bollo, said she would still allow him to see his children although he hadn’t informed her of his illness" - what has access to his children got to do with the fact that he did not inform her of his illness??? Amor - you are separated, getting divorced, the only thing you need to have in common are your children - finished and klaar! Get over yourself woman and have some pride!

  • Fredster69 - 2011-06-20 07:17

    Funny how the man always has to fork out 100% maintenance, but only gets to see his kids once every 2 weeks.

  • Kim - 2011-06-20 07:38

    When are adults going to learn that children are not objects - they are human beings. Just leave the children out their fights and actually really and truly do what is best for the children and allow both parents full access to the children. That fighting and squabling where the kids are always in the middled, pulled to both sides, will affect them for a life time.

  • Daniel - 2011-06-20 08:24

    Amore, if I was married to you, I would also have had a bit on the side. Stop being such a cow, all you are doing is screwing up your little babies heads. Whatever issues you have with Joost, put them aside, like an adult, for your kids sake !!

  • Clay027 - 2011-06-20 08:34

    Why is this in the News? Who gives a s^&t!

  • robyn - 2011-06-20 08:51

    is this is true Amor time to grow up and put your childrens interest 1st .No matter what is happening between you and Joost it should not involve the children ever . It is NOT their problem so stop using them to fight your battles . I am divorced and never allowed my son to be in the middle of anything so i know what i am talking about

  • - 2011-06-20 08:58

    "she wont conduct their divorce in the media and at all times act in her children's interests"???????!! What has she then been doing all along??! She loves the media attention and has obviously never thought about what is best for her children while playing out her 'soapie drama' for all to see [and hear!]. To Amor and Joost:- Look up the word "PRIVATE" in a dictionary.......! Having said that, it's awful that Joost only gets to see his children once every two weeks!!!! In fact, its ridiculous! He is seemingly a loving father.

  • Hads - 2011-06-20 09:06

    This woman is a bitch and has lost all creditbility.

  • Vaal Donkie - 2011-06-20 09:38

    A father should be able to see his children whenever he wants. Obviously you can't be ridiculous about it, but they are his kids. If he only gets to see them once eveerytwo weeks, he should als oonly have to pay child support equalling one day out of 14. It's just fair, now isn't it?

  • Janice - 2011-06-20 10:03

    well, the thing should have kept his willy in his pants, and then he would have been with his kids every day!!! Im no faf of Amor, but she didnt deserve any of this crap!

  • Rui - 2011-06-20 10:08

    Why all the hoo hah, I'm a divorced dad and I also only get to see the kids once every two weeks, that is the way the law works in this country. Mother has primary care you get every altetrnate weekend irrespective of how much you love or carwe for your kids and try and fight it, unless you have tons of money you have no chance

  • Anneck - 2011-06-20 11:05

    Joost can't be trusted. Let's not forget he dumped his first wife for Amor in the first place! I wonder what went on there?

  • Mubashir - 2011-06-20 11:14

    And you know what - this is Roman Dutch law - we are not talking your kind of tribalism here - it is what the law has stated/decided - and both parties agreeed to it! Get the mesage?

  • WhoGivesAshi - 2011-06-20 12:04

    No body cares. Take your stuff and move to Aus or something, SA is tired of both of you. Sleeping around and taking drugs...Your children should be removed from both of you, you don`t deserve them.

  • Leon Coetzee - 2013-10-03 06:13

    Every one is always complaining about Joost,who has never made a mistake in there life and who are we to judge him.

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